DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE VALUABLE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS?

Press Release : December 08, 2016
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Part of the fun of Christmas is getting the old decorations out every year.

While you can’t put a price on family tradition, it might interest you to learn that some vintage Christmas decorations are in high demand and can be valuable.

Here’s 5 you might just have in the attic.

5. Putz villages

Putz villages are traditional Christmas ornaments connected with the Moravian church. They consist of small houses, often covered with fake snow and outfitted with lights.

Putz houses came over to the US with German and Czech immigrants – Image: eBay

Putz houses came over to the US with German and Czech immigrants – Image: eBay

The practice was brought to the US by Czech and German settlers and soon became popular across the country.

The most sought after pieces date to the late 19th and early 20th century and were made in Germany or the Czech Republic.

They’re usually constructed from wood and can sell for around $250 for an individual piece.

Those produced in Japan after 1920 are also popular. They’re made from cardboard and often sell for sums around the $50 mark.

4. Vintage Christmas catalogues

Vintage Christmas catalogues have a major following online.

Old Christmas catalogues offer a powerful hit of nostalgia – Image: eBay

Old Christmas catalogues offer a powerful hit of nostalgia – Image: eBay

The most in-demand examples are those from the 1950s and 1960s, particularly for big US department stores like Sears or Macy’s or from well-known brands.

Rare examples in great condition, particularly ones produced by Disney, can sell for around $500.

3. Red vinyl Elvis Christmas album

Christmas albums by famous artists are notoriously hit and miss affairs. But Elvis’ 1953 effort is actually pretty good.

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Chances are you don’t have this, as only three were printed – Image: eBay

While millions were printed, there is a variant that is highly valuable.

If you have the red vinyl edition – congratulations.

Only three were ever printed and all are worth around $30,000.

2. Shiny Brite ornaments

Shiny Brite was started by a German immigrant to the US in 1937.

Shiny-Brite ornaments are prized for their quality and retro charm – Image: eBay

Shiny Brite ornaments are prized for their quality and retro charm – Image: eBay

The company originally shipped its hand-blown Christmas ornaments from Germany, but started to produce them in America as sanctions against the Nazi regime began to bite.

So how much are you looking at? Well, packs of 10 in reasonable condition and with their original packaging can command sums of around $100.

1. Aluminium Christmas trees

As you may have noticed, there’s a correlation with mid-century kitsch and value in this list.

Aluminium trees were a short lived fad – Image: eBay

Aluminium trees were a short lived fad – Image: eBay

Nowhere is that more evident than in the market for aluminium trees.

These space-age statement pieces were produced for a short time in the late 1950s and early 1960s by a variety of companies and in a range of colours.

Lucky enough to have one in the attic? You could be looking at several hundred dollars – more if it’s pink.

One seven foot pink specimen made $3,600 in a 2005 sale.

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